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  • Senate Democrats are looking into a new allegation of
    sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s
    nominee for the Supreme Court,
    according to The New Yorker
    .
  • Deborah Ramirez, a former Yale classmate of
    Kavanaugh’s, told The New Yorker that Kavanaugh exposed himself
    to her at a dorm-room party during the 1983-84 school
    year.
  • The new allegation comes less than a week
    before Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify about her
    claim that Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were in high
    school.
  • Attorney Michael Avenatti claimed on Sunday he
    represents a different woman with “credible information” about
    Kavanaugh that could derail his nomination.

Senate Democrats are investigating a new allegation of sexual
misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s
nominee for the Supreme Court, according to a
bombshell report in The New Yorker
on Sunday.

The new allegation dates to Kavanaugh’s freshman year at Yale
University during the 1983-84 school year, according to the
report by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer. The report says that
Deborah Ramirez, a 53-year-old woman who was a classmate of
Kavanaugh’s, is accusing Kavanaugh of exposing his penis to her
at a dorm-room party, thrusting it in her face, and causing her
to touch it without her consent while she resisted.

Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegation in a statement to
The New Yorker.

“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen,” he said.
“The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and
have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward
to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good
name — and the reputation for character and integrity I have
spent a lifetime building — against these last-minute
allegations.”

The offices of at least two Democratic senators have begun
investigating Ramirez’s claim, according to The New Yorker.

“This is another serious, credible, and disturbing allegation
against Brett Kavanaugh. It should be fully investigated,” Hawaii
Senator Mazie Hirono told the magazine. 

Ramirez told The New Yorker that at the party, which took place
in a suite at Yale’s Lawrence Hall, she quickly became
intoxicated while playing a drinking game with Kavanaugh and
other classmates. She said at one point a male student pointed a
gag plastic penis in her direction, and shortly after, Kavanaugh
pulled down his pants and exposed himself to her.

“Brett was laughing,” she told the magazine. “I can still see his
face, and his hips coming forward, like when you pull up your
pants.”

Although Ramirez said there are gaps in her memory from that
night, she said she felt confident enough in her recollection of
those details to come forward.

The report comes less than a week before Christine Blasey
Ford is
slated to testify in open court
about her allegation of
sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Ford alleged that while they
were both in high school, a drunk Kavanaugh forced himself on
her, tried to remove her clothing, and covered her mouth when she
tried to scream. Kavanaugh has denied that allegations as well.

Earlier on Sunday, attorney Michael Avenatti claimed to represent
a woman with “credible information” about Kavanaugh and Mark
Judge, a conservative writer and friend of Kavanaugh’s who
according to Ford, was an eye-witness to the alleged assault. He
later specified that his client was not Ramirez.

“We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the
committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be
subpoenaed to testify,” Avenatti tweeted.
“The nomination must be withdrawn.”

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